Ed Focus Initiative

EdFOCUS Initiative Staff

Our staff represents years of experience and expertise in the field of school reform.  To learn more about our consultants, click the names below:

  • Judith K. March Judith K. March
    Senior Consultant: Every position I've held in education has opened my eyes to its own set of miracles about learning! I still cherish those "aha" moments among my high school English students, and I've been lucky to work with some amazing graduate students! Even though every school's primary focus is the academic success of its students, that success is made possible through the efforts of…
  • Karen Peters Karen Peters
    Having worked as a teacher, administrator, college professor, and consultant, I have learned from all of the people with whom I have worked. Each opportunity has offered a fantastic reward that the others did not. I still enjoy the creation of new products based on the needs of the districts with whom we work; every district is unique, and no two schools have ever done…
  • Nancy Cramb Nancy Cramb
    Effective teaching is the heart of education. I believe that what students learn is greatly influenced by how they are taught. The everyday decisions made by teachers concerning content, teaching strategies, assessment tasks, classroom management, and interactions with students make the difference in student learning. As a science educator, I encourage active learning in which students ask, find or determine answers to questions derived from…
  • Carrie Pfeiffer-Fiala Carrie Pfeiffer-Fiala
    As an educator, I have 18 years experience as a teacher and principal within a large urban setting. My main focus has been on children from Birth to Grade 2; but I have also been a teacher of pregnant teenagers in the inner city schools. One of my primary areas of interest is the assessment and use of data to improve student outcomes within blended…
  • Mary Farina Mary Farina
    My passion is coaching educators to instill in their students the love of mathematics by helping them understand the concepts and apply these to related fields. As a consultant for EDFOCUS, I am able to pursue this passion utilizing the Common Core Standards to generate curriculum maps and units that will insure student understanding, applications, and critical thinking. The most important faction of education is…
  • Lora Garrett Lora Garrett
    As a life-long educator, I am proud to work as a consultant with Ed Focus. Quality curriculum, instruction and assessment lead to improved student performance. Best practices, state and national standards, and the belief that all children can learn provide teachers and districts the opportunity to improve what happens in classroom for our students. Through the examination of what is taught, how it is taught…
  • Diane Guarnieri Diane Guarnieri
    Having been pulled into administration after 25 years of classroom service, I would often reflect on just what was my leadership style. One of the many leadership books I obtained was The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus: How to Get Big Things Done in Your "Workshop" All Year Long; a humorous, realistic, motivational piece that deals with the challenges, changes and expectations that are part…
  • Philip Ikehorn Philip Ikehorn
    As classroom teacher of children in grades one through 8, parent coordinator, elementary and middle school principal, and executive director of twenty-six middle schools, I have had the pleasure to work with so many wonderful people over my career in urban education. One thing that has been a consistent mantra throughout these various phases of my career is that "All children can learn and learn…
  • Sue Long Sue Long
    Having worked as a teacher, administrator, and consultant, I continue to be amazed at the power of education. Each interaction with an administrator, teacher or student sparks a new discovery. It makes me reflective of what I know and understand about education and what I still need to learn. Some concepts of teaching and learning remain constant over time and some evolve. Teachers engaging students…
  • Christian E. Reimer Christian E. Reimer
    As a consultant and an instructional coach, I am given the opportunity work with teachers to find ways to present curricular materials in novel, diverse ways. I believe that teachers are creative people, and as they model their own creative processes, they unleash the creative vitality of students. Teachers show students how to enhance their own thinking when students are provided the means and opportunities…
  • Diane Reimer Diane Reimer
    As a former elementary classroom teacher in pre-school through grade four, I have had the opportunity to teach in urban, suburban, international, and Montessori Schools. Serving as Department Chair and curriculum leader during my tenure gave me the opportunity to impact the learning lives of teachers and students of many cultures. I believe that diversity enriches school and classroom environments; it creates synergy for working…
  • Beverly Schumann Beverly Schumann
    I have had the privilege of serving as a classroom teacher (20 years), then principal, and finished my career as Director of Curriculum in an urban school district in Ohio. In those 30 years the challenge has always been helping all students thrive and develop as a part of a learning community. I reflect and cherish the time I spent with students, their families and…
  • Joseph Siegferth Joseph Siegferth
    I believe that strong public education is the foundation of our democratic society. I am passionate about assisting school leaders with creating a culture of collaboration within their educational enterprises resulting in a learning organization which focuses on effective instructional strategies and high student achievement. Through participatory leadership - - engaging teachers, principals, students, parents, school board members, and the community at large - -…
  • Gary Tucker Gary Tucker
    I believe teachers influence their students greatly, whether on purpose or not. I still remember my fourth grade teacher as if it were yesterday. I also confess that there are many teachers I do not remember. Once you stand before a room full of boys and girls and get that first "Oh, now I get it" you are hooked! Tighten your seat belt and get…